The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Thai queen too weak to attend king's birthday: Palace


BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's queen will not attend a rare address by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok as part of official celebrations for his 85th birthday because of poor health, the Royal Household Bureau said on Tuesday.

Doctors treating Queen Sirikit, 80, who was diagnosed with a slight loss of blood flow to the brain after being taken ill in July, advised her to forego the event because of concerns over her having to stand for a prolonged period, according to a statement from the palace.

"Although she has received regular physical therapy, her health has not yet fully recovered. She could be weakened if she appears at this royal occasion and then her recovery will take longer," it said.

Thailand's deeply revered king, who with 66 years of service is the world's longest reigning monarch, was admitted to hospital in September 2009 with a respiratory condition and has lived there ever since.